Definition of champion verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

champion

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈtʃæmpiən//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃæmpiən//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they champion
BrE BrE//ˈtʃæmpiən//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃæmpiən//
 
he / she / it champions
BrE BrE//ˈtʃæmpiənz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃæmpiənz//
 
past simple championed
BrE BrE//ˈtʃæmpiənd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃæmpiənd//
 
past participle championed
BrE BrE//ˈtʃæmpiənd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃæmpiənd//
 
-ing form championing
BrE BrE//ˈtʃæmpiənɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃæmpiənɪŋ//
 
 
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champion something to fight for or speak in support of a group of people or a belief He has always championed the cause of gay rights. A local trust has been set up to champion the restoration of the landscape. Word Origin Middle English (denoting a fighting man): from Old French, from medieval Latin campio(n-) ‘fighter’, from Latin campus ‘level ground’, specifically applied to the Campus Martius in Rome, used for games, athletic practice, and military drill.
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